Wow. I had a lot of respect for Sonny, Cuey, and Teddy before I heard this track…now I have a lot more.
Roxpin’s been producing a lot of great music lately, and I really dig his dreamlike vibe, which he featured a lot in his production on Best Day Ever.
Oncue is one of my favorite up and comers, which you all probably know by now, and I”m also becoming a bigger fan of Sonny and The Dean’s List with seemingly every track they drop.
Anyway, this one is dope. Great vibe, strong lyricism, flow that a faucet would be jealous of…this one’s got it all. Enjoy.
Fuck we need a deal
When everything fake,
Give them anything real
Download “Anything Real”
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What’s Left: 150 Days. 49 Bands.
Band #50: The Dean’s List
When/Where: April 5th, Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, NC
Expectations: I didn’t particularly love the latest release from The Dean’s List (The Drive In). Funny thing was, all of my friends seemed to be going to the show to specifically see these guys (over Brenton Duvall and XV). Clearly they must put on a good show.
Concert: So that whole ‘clearly they put on a good show’ thing? Total understatement. I riddle you not: Sonny Shotz is a ridiculously entertaining performer. When I got to the venue, I met up with Brenton Duvall and went backstage to meet the performers. Brenton was his usual self: fun, youthful, energetic, hyper. XV was incredibly sweet and remembered me from an interview we had done about 8 months ago. The guys from The Dean’s List, on the other hand, were a lot more standoffish and quiet. Sonny, DJ Mendoza, and drummer Tyler Thompson were all on one couch, choosing to keep to themselves a bit.
As it turned out, the majority of the crowd showed up to see The Dean’s List. They waited anxiously through two local openers and Brenton’s act for The Dean’s List to take the stage, after which most left before watching XV perform. While this was disappointing to me, I must say, they got their money’s worth with The Dean’s List. The show was incredibly upbeat, there was a full band (they recruited Berklee student Ellis Tucker to be their guitarist on the road – he is an INCREDIBLE guitar player) with a bass guitarist, drummer, and a DJ, and Sonny dominated the entire front section of the stage.
Within seconds of being on stage, Sonny took his shirt off and got really into his performance. While it’s hard to put my finger on what exactly had me so incredibly sold on his act, here are a few things. The dude puts all of his might into rapping. His dance moves are entertaining. He raps a’capella at times, which furthers the intensity. He corrals around stage, hyping up his fellow band members, pushing them around playfully. And last but not least, he appears to have an incredible time on stage. It’s fun to watch, the music is upbeat and lively, and the crowd was loving it. And let me tell you, the second “Dear Professor” came on, the crowd went absolutely wild.
Concert Afterglow: Um, wow. I could wash my clothes using Sonny Shotz’s abs. Just sayin.
Recommendation: Like I said, I wasn’t a huge fan of The Drive In, but the culture and the attitude of the music is completely different when it’s performed live. It’s convincing, it’s fun, and I’m a total fan.
Written by Lydia
*Photography Disclaimer: my camera wasn’t working. Sorry for the poor quality; I had to use my cell phone.
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I’m going to start a new feature on Sunset – it will come every Friday at 5:00 ET, and it will be a party track just in time for the weekend.
The first track to be featured includes Sonny Shotz, rapper from The Dean’s List. It’s a fun, poppy little party joint that I can totally see being played in sweaty dance clubs/bars. I just wish Ke$ha was singing on the hook rather than this guy. Just kidding – I can’t stand Ke$ha. Or can I?